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Saturday, December 18, 2010

The word 'Christmas'

The word 'Christmas' was first found in usage in 1038 in late Old English as Cristes Maesse and Cristes-messe in 1131. As you would expect, it stands for the Mass of Christ. It is later found as a vigil preceding Christmas day in other languages: Kerstmis (Dutch), Dies Natalis (Latin), Noel (French), Il Natale (Italian), and German (Weibnachtsfest.)

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